LPC Participants’ Comments After Using the Skills Learned in the
Human Givens Training: Rewind Technique for Phobias and PTSD
- Since I have been using Human Givens, I feel more empowered, confident and competent as a therapist.
- My clients continue to experience phenomenal courage, strength and relief, as they positively move through challenges, using the Rewind Technique. They creatively identify and incorporate valuable resources gained through navigating previous challenges, wisdom/lessons learned and positive memories of healthy connections/experiences with others, as they visualize their presence during the Rewind experience. Witnessing their success, right before my eyes, yields great encouragement and confidence for me.
- The HG approach has certainly benefited my practice and my confidence in helping clients deal with highly emotionally-charged issues. I wish I had a dime for every time I have said to clients “strong emotions make us stupid” and then observed their epiphany as we discuss what this phrase actually means. I have used the rewind technique with good success with several clients. I am looking forward to utilizing it more as situations merit.Perhaps, though, the most success I have found so far with the HG approach is the psychoeducational aspect around sleep, the emotional audit, the neuroscience of emotional arousal and trauma storage, and teaching clients how to relax with guided visualization. I have witnessed several clients struggling with extreme anxiety who demonstrated significantly reduced anxiety after just one or two guided visualization sessions utilizing the HG approach. I have conducted guided visualization exercises of various kinds with individuals and groups for many years, but never saw the dramatic benefit that I have noticed and that clients have reported with the HG approach. I intend to continue my study in the HG approach because I find it exciting and successful. It certainly affords therapists a wealth of new and helpful tools for our treatment toolbox!
- I utilized the Rewind Technique for phobias with one of my client’s this week who struggles with severe Social Phobia. Her phobias involve extreme anxiety and sometimes panic attacks. The client has attended eight sessions; I have utilized Imagery Desensitization, combined with Relaxation techniques such as (diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery and muscle relaxation), and Exposure to see a decrease of negative symptoms for the client. And although the client has made some progress, it has been quite a lengthy and sometimes tedious process. This week, the client and I discussed using the Rewind technique because she was getting ready to travel for business! After the Rewind session, my client stated she was very surprised how she felt now; she was no longer anxious or afraid! That feeling was just simply GONE. My client said it was “weird” to feel this way because the feelings of anxiety and panic had been there for many years of her life. Unbelievable! What a change in ONE SESSION!!!!
- As I check in with my clients after a rewind, I ask them how much better they are since the last rewind. On the average after the first rewind it’s 50%, on the second or third rewind it’s up to 70% and sometimes even on the first rewind it’s been 90 to 95% better!
- I am truly grateful that you have given providers this treasured opportunity to become skilled in the Human Givens Approach and thus to be able to help so many people who suffer from anxiety, phobias, trauma, depression, addiction and so many other issues. I have been counseling for 20 years and have treated many who suffer from serious trauma, phobias, depression and anxiety. The treatments that have been available to us as providers can be lengthy and painful for the client as well as appear to treat only the symptoms. My experience in working with trauma, anxiety, phobias and depression is that the client is not completely released from the emotional arousal that is caused by what has happened for them psychologically and the client can still be triggered unexpectedly even after years of treatment. For my client, I saw the emotional arousal of anxiety, panic and social awkwardness disappear! There are no words to explain what I witnessed.
- I would also like to give an update to all my colleagues in respect to a rewind I experienced last week at the Human Givens “Guided Imagery – Rewind for Trauma and Phobias” workshop with Sue Saunders. Right after the rewind and since, my emotional arousal in general is about HALF as much as it has been in the past! I feel less anxious and notice when experiencing a great amount of stress, my brain is not activated (this is the only way I know to describe this feeling) as it previously was. I just feel calmer and more confident overall! The feelings I am experiencing are less anxiety, less emotionally aroused in general, significantly less guilt (feeling guilt about many things in my life), calmer and more confident. I simply can’t explain it! I have had therapy in the past, and it didn’t even come close to ridding me of the anxiety and guilt and panicky feelings. It is a gift that I will treasure to be able to offer such an effective, quick, and gentle intervention to those who are suffering. Thank you again for creating such a wonderful opportunity and experience for us as providers and human beings.
- This technique has been perfect for those struggling with complicated and/or chronic grief.
- After the session, my client cried and said it was the first time she hadn’t felt anxious since the third grade.
- It worked w 3 people today! One for dental trauma, another for chronic insomnia, and the third a person facing disability feeling suicidal. The veteran reported that ending his life was his only option given his increasing disability. The magnitude of his pain and fear of a return to addiction after having kicked heroine years ago; the extent of his financial worry; his inability to “be the man” for his family; loss of physical mobility; his doubt the VA would change his disability rating to allow him 100% support; and the impossibility of his having a retirement as he had always hoped, all deepened his despair. He didn’t see his life “working out”. After doing the rewind technique, he reported how good he felt. Then he enthusiastically announced, “I’m going to make that call” with a bright look on his face. He reported feeling assured and happy. Now a whole group of veterans are excited to do this.
- I want to share an awesome experience this morning with Relaxation/Guided Imagery and Rewind Technique. A former client called me. She was upset, anxious, and requesting help as quickly as possible. In a nutshell, she was distressed (traumatized) by a former partner (husband) who was bullying her in the aftermath of a grueling divorce. Due to her circumstances, she was not able to get to my office the same day. So, I decided to help her over the phone and she welcomed the help. I used guided imagery/relaxation we learned at our weekend in Raleigh. First, I made sure she was in a safe, comfortable place with no distractions. Then, I followed our guidelines, while listening intently to her style of communication, pauses, tone, pitch, pace, breaths, etc. The client already trusted me and we had great rapport from previous sessions. Before we began, she rated her distress at an 8 on a scale of 1-10 SUDS. After approximately 20 minutes of Relaxation/Guided Imagery, she was at a .5 (less than a 1. I also discussed with her how she can revisit her calm, relaxing place when she would like to. I must tell you, she was delighted to feel so much better! The next day, when she came in for her appointment with the Rewind Technique, she indicated how much better she felt and pleasantly surprised at how well she slept the night before (after our phone appointment). Once we completed the Rewind Technique and she emerged from trance, I was amazed at how much more clarity, confidence, calm and strength she had. She indicated she could remember what her bullying X said, but it did not phase her one bit. She said, during the Rewind, she re-gained forgotten resources and viewed a more accurate, total picture of the person who tried to negatively affect her emotions and perspective. She so appreciated my explanation about what happens to our brains under the influence of the Amygdala running the show by itself. She shed many tears during the Rewind Technique, but not because of the distressing memory on the DVD Fast Forward and Rewind. She explained her tears were expressions of joy, relaxation and reconnection with her calm, relaxing place she visited 18 months ago: the Trevi Fountain in Rome! One part of her experience there was when she tossed a coin over her shoulder into the Trevi Fountain, which means she will definitely return for another visit there. Well, it meant so much to her to return there this morning in my office! I need to mention, her experience of her calm, relaxing place stayed intact as she completed the Rewind Technique. Afterwards, she began to discuss how she looks forward to travelling forward to her favorite spot in Rome, later this year.